Helvellyn ascent from Dunmail Raise

Suitable for

Beginners with good fitness

Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

All year round


From £15pp

The ascent starts at the summit of Dunmail Raise from where we climb steeply beside Raise Beck to Grisedale Tarn.

Meet your guide at a pre arranged time and location - depending on the time of year and weather.

Start at the summit of Dunmail Raise (near the A591). Then climb steeply beside Raise Beck to Grisedale Tarn. The zig-zag path path above the tarn then leads us upwards to our first top of the day, Dollywagon Pike, then over Nethermost Pike to the summit of Helvellyn at 950m (distance 6.5km) taking approvimaetly 4 hrs.

The shortest decent is to Swirls car park on the A591 (distance 3.5km) taking approvimately 3 hrs. Total ascent of 700m (7hrs). A great walk on good footpaths to the summit of England's 3rd highest mountain. Suitable for all of the family if they're reasonably fit.

TOTAL TIME: 6-7 hours. Total ascent 700m. Total distance ~10km.

Meeting Place and Transport: to be arranged with the group leader in advance (note: there may be an extra cost for any local transfers of pickup)

Your guide

Pete Armstrong

Pete Armstrong is a native Cumbrian and experienced Mountain Leader. Brought up in Keswick, he's amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge of the district. He's been guiding in the Lake District for over 20 years and delights in passing on his love of the area's rich heritage and landscape. A day out with Pete will be filled with laughs, challenge and fun learning.

Additional info

Optional extras include booking additional days to explore the area further (ask the guide).

Bring waterproofs, a daypack for layers (and snacks) and walking boots. Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Pete Armstrong.


  • Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
  • Advice on kit needed
  • Advice on best travel options

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Personal activity insurance

How to get there


Driving to Keswick is the best option. From London it's an easy 4 hours.


You can take the train to Penrith. From London it's 3 hours, direct from Euston. You can then take a local taxi or bus to Keswick.

Where to stay

For a quality, comfortable guest house experience try Rivendell Guest House in Keswick, from £40/person. Call 017687 73822. 

Client reviews

Pete's knowledge of the various aspects of Lake District lore and landscape added a pleasurable new dimension to our day hill walking in the Keswick area; we booked him again for next year!

Sarah (Hampshire)

We booked a custom adventure through Wilderness Now for a group walk from Keswick including climbing Cat Bells. Pete our guide was very informative, very knowledgable and very patient! A great day was had by all... Many thanks.

Ian G.
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